Sonic Grade: D
HP put the Shaded Dog pressing (the only way it comes; there is no RCA reissue to my knowledge) on his TAS List of Super Discs, and with good reason: it’s wonderful! [We used to like it a lot more than we do now. Stick with the Decca Alwyn if you can find one that sounds like this one does.]
But for some reason he also put the Classic Records Heavy Vinyl reissue on the list, and that record’s not even passable, let alone wonderful. It’s far too lean and modern sounding, and no original Living Stereo record would ever sound that way, thank goodness.
If they did few audiophiles would still be paying the top dollar collector prices that the Shaded Dog commands to this day.
1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)
Fingal’s Cave (Mendelssohn)
Mephisto Waltz (Liszt)
Tragic Overture (Brahms)